The Burn Palace

The Burn Palace

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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The sleepy community of Brewster, Rhode Island, is just like any other small American town. It’s a place where most of the population will likely die blocks from where they were born; where gossip spreads like wildfire, and the big entertainment on weekends is the inevitable fight at the local bar. But recently, something out of the ordinary—perhaps even supernatural—has been stirring in Brewster. While packs of coyotes gather on back roads and the news spreads that a baby has been stolen from Memorial Hospital (and replaced in its bassinet by a snake), a series of inexplicably violent acts begins to confound Detective Woody Potter and the local police—and inspire terror in the hearts and minds of the locals. From award-winning author Stephen Dobyns comes a sardonic yet chillingly suspenseful novel: the literary equivalent of a Richard Russo small-town tableau crossed with a Stephen King thriller. The Burn Palace is a darkly funny, twisted portrait of chaos and paranoia, with an impressive host of richly rendered, larger-than-life characters and a thrilling plot that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101611043
Branch Call Number: Cloud Library eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
480 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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JCLHelenH Oct 25, 2016

A perfect combination of creepy atmosphere, genuine and likable characters, and police chasing after a nebulous perpetrator.

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moviefan01
Mar 13, 2013

A well-written police procedural/
traditional "whodunit." Dobyns writes in a clear, understandable voice and
has a nice use of the first person plural "we," which adds a touch of "A
Rose for Emily." Only drawback: Way
too many cops for Rhode Island!!

ChristchurchLib Mar 11, 2013

"When a Rhode Island nurse discovers that an infant left in her charge has been abducted, detective Woody Potter embarks on a baffling case with ties to a dead insurance investigator, a local Wiccan sect, a yoga center and a growling funeral director." March 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=609367

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